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The Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been aesthetically updated in South Korea with a silver-surround front grille, new alloys and revised headlamp internals, but never mind all that – a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an “engine sound equaliser” is mentioned as available kit!

First shown at the 2014 Paris show, the DCT is claimed to improve frugality, emissions and acceleration over a conventional six-speed auto. The gearbox is currently available on the Sonata Eco in the US as well as facelifted versions of the i30 and i40.

According to The Korean Car Blog, which posted these pics, the updated South Korean-market Hyundai Veloster Turbo also gains an “engine sound equaliser” – something like the Renault Clio RS 200‘s R-Sound Effect, we suppose.

Six different engine sounds are said to be offered, although The Korean Car Blog says the driver can “adjust the level of engine sound” and “create his own sound category”. Does that mean you get to be an engine DJ?

Under the bonnet sits a turbocharged 1.6 litre T-GDI four-cylinder motor that develops 204 hp and 270 Nm of torque – an 18 hp jump over the European state of tune. As you can see from the pics, a six-speed manual will also be offered. We really dig the version with the blue interior (seat belts included)!

The (pre-facelift) Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been seen quite a few times in Malaysia, including at JPJ and KLIMS13. Our northern neighbours have had it since April 2013. Has the moment now passed for us?